Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESOR has participated at the dialogue on how to strengthen democracy as well as to encourage public participation in governance organized by National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
The aim of the forum CCIDESOR gathered was to bring together citizens and their various elected representatives to discuss on how to ensure that elected representatives relate with their constituency.
The forum which held in Owerri had CSOs, Armed Forces, Various Political Parties’ Youth wing, Women group, House of Assembly members, CAN and the Media in attendance.
In his remarks, the Programs Director of CCIDESOR, Igwe Chidi said there is need for synergy between elected representatives and their constituents if democracy and good governance must be entrenched. He also mentioned the roles expected of armed forces in ensuring a free and fair election in the forth coming 2019 general elections.
Hon. Mike Iheanaetu, member representing Aboh Mbaise expressed disappointment at the low turnout of elected officials at the forum. He mentioned that democracy in Nigeria has been threatened by armed forces who political leaders now use to threaten those who dare to speak up against corrupt or undemocratic activities in the nation.
The Commissioner of Police represented by Polinus Asokwa, ACP new Owerri noted that the police force is handicapped in Nigeria, they lack necessary mobilization to effectively carryout their obligations, he however encouraged citizens to report corrupt practices while the police investigates then take necessary measures. He concluded by stating that the Nigerian police force should be empowered and their capacity built to operate effectively for security of citizens and votes come 2019.